Hello Everyone!! It is Lindsay from the Digi DT here today sharing some very easy tags and treats for a classroom gift! Traditionally, I try and do a non candy treat, but this time I just couldn't help myself! As soon as I spotted the "Naughty or Nice" Digital Stamp I knew exactly the treats my kiddo would be handing out! I do have to warn you, we live in a very small town and I only have to make about 25 treats, but make sure to watch the video for some tips on speeding up and making the process a bit easier if you have a larger group!
I started in Photoshop Elements and opened a new 3" x 3" panel and then placed on the coal bag image from the "Naughty and Nice" digital stamp set. After centering the image on the panel I typed out my first sentiment "Merry Christmas" and gave it a bit of an arc. I also added a negative arc to the bottom sentiment "From: Brennon" (You can, of course, substitute in any name here) and then centered everything up. When I was happy with the way the tag looked I flattened the images by right clicking on the background layer and choosing "Flatten Image".
You could choose to print these off individually, but that would waste quite a bit of paper, so I like to fill up an entire 8.5" x 11" inch panel with the tags and then print. All you need to do is open a new blank 8.5" x 11" panel and then drag and drop your tag from the Photo Bin. Then, duplicate the tag until your paper if filled, I could fit about six. You just want to make sure to leave enough space in between each one for trimming or die cutting. Finally, flatten this panel one last time and then print, making sure to use a printer that will correspond with your coloring medium.
I die cut each tag with a 3" circle die and also die cut red cardstock with a 3.5" circle die. After quickly coloring in my image with my alcohol markers, you can use whatever coloring medium is the fastest for you, I put a light layer of Wink of Stella over the coal bag for some sparkle. Then, I simply adhered my white circle die cut onto the red die cut circle with double sided adhesive, punched a hole in the top center and threaded through some black and white baker's twine.
For the "treat" portion of this project I made some coal lumps, which are just rice krispie treats that I dyed black with black food coloring and rolled into balls. After letting them set up for a few minutes, I wrapped the ball in a square of plastic wrap (I tried glassine bags, but found they stick to the sides the bag) and tied the coal tag tightly around the top to seal out any air.
This was quite a fun project to make, and my kiddo approves of them! If you're interested in the digital stamp I used on the tags, it is linked below! Thanks for having me today and I hope you all enjoyed the video tutorial and the final results! Happy Crafting!!